Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 2 December 2006 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 28 November 2006 at 06:29.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1957" and ∠1946".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2006 after 2 days on 5 December 2006 at 00:25.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 85 of Meeus index or 1038 from Brown series.
Length of current 85 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 43 minutes. It is 1 hour and 43 minutes longer than next lunation 86 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 59 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 4 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠238.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠276.5°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 00:06, this is 16 days after last apogee on 15 November 2006 at 23:20 in ♍ Virgo. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 13 December 2006 at 18:55 in ♍ Virgo.
This perigee Moon is 365 923 km (227 374 mi) away from Earth. It is 3 415 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 4 433 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
3 days after its ascending node on 29 November 2006 at 10:26 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 12 December 2006 at 15:19 in ♍ Virgo.
3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
9 days after previous South standstill on 23 November 2006 at 07:12 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.442°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.402° in the next northern standstill on 6 December 2006 at 03:33 in ♊ Gemini.
After 2 days on 5 December 2006 at 00:25 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.